Customized IVM Programs for Safe Power
One overgrown tree can interfere with electrical transmission and bring thousands of businesses and homes to a standstill. Effective vegetation management using IVM programs utility rights of way is vitally important as utility companies face immense pressure to avoid outages and deliver safe, reliable energy.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has upped the ante on this issue by strictly enforcing transmission reliability standards. Utilities failing to meet stringent vegetation clearance guidelines for power lines face fines of up to US$1 million per day if vegetation-induced outages occur.
Many utilities are turning to trusted partners to help them create and implement integrated vegetation management or IVM programs to keep vegetation under control and power flowing. There’s no silver bullet and no easy answers. Terrain, land use, environmental conditions, neighboring entities and other factors help determine the right mix of vegetation control techniques in each situation.
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